Monday, March 05, 2007

Massacre:Sing to Your Children

Muchachos y Muchachas!

Oye, oye, oye, oye, oye, oye OYE!!!

This is Juan Francisco Villa coming to you LIVE from downtown Chicago.

Massacre: Sing to Your Children is a very challenging and exciting new play for Teatro Vista that will undoubtedly catapult us to uncharted territory.

Playwright Jose Rivera has blessed Teatro Vista with the unveiling of his WORLD PREMIERE Massacre: Sing to Your Children in association with The Goodman Theatre.

On our first rehearsal we were welcomed with a strong turnout by the Goodman staff, ALPHA, the Teatro Vista ensemble and Teatro Vista board!

We were also paid a visit by a New York Times photographer who took the opportunity to investigate why everyone is speaking so highly about this new jolting play.

We were lucky have Mr. Rivera present the entire firstweek. He was able to witness how Goodman Resident Director Chuck Smith was able to be intensely efficient with the play.

Fight Choreographer David Wooley came in on Saturday to choreograph a bunch of fight scenes. Since there is a gut wrenching murder that does take place at the top of the show, Mr. Wooley did all he could to help us see how it feels to drive a pitchfork into someone's body.

Do not worry, the only bodies hurt during this exercise were cabbages and melons.

The weapons used by the 7 characters are a tire iron, a pitchfork, a machete, an ice pick, a meat cleaver, a butcher's knife and a bicycle chain.

Fun fact about the human body:
If a major artery were to be cut, the blood can squirt up to 30 feet!!!

That Mr. Wooley is loaded with information.

He also set us up with foam batons and staffs to "murder" a person. He strategically set up a gauntlet so we could beat our poor fill in, Collaberaction Executive Artistic Director Anthony Mosely, to utter oblivion.

Boy were we able to vent some frustration about the recent Bears Super Bowl Loss! GO BEARS!!!!

Pictures and more details of this fantastically gory journey to come later.

JV

3 Comments:

Blogger TeatroVista said...

check out the trailer for Massacre at our myspace page.

1:21 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Great show! The materials is spectacular and your cast performed really well. The physicality and stage movement showed the results of your work with the fight choreographer. Those fights are hard to pull off well. I was impressed.

3:56 PM  
Blogger Yvette said...

Great performance!

8:43 PM  

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